Just after 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, shortly before tipoff of Game 3 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, @NBAOfficial — a Twitter account offering updates on officiating and rule clarifications "directly from the league office" — published the following tweet:
Little did we know that this particular clarification would wind up becoming an important part of a remarkable play just a couple of hours later.
With just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Hawks hold onto an 84-78 lead over the once-again-scuffling Pacers, Indiana found itself in desperate need of a stop, and they appeared to have gotten one. Paul George had successfully navigated a Hawks high-screen-and-roll near the half-court line without getting caught up in the wash of bigs David West and Paul Millsap,Read More »from Jeff Teague hits ridiculous (and controversial) running-out-of-bounds 3 as Hawks beat Pacers (Video)